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Energy Solutions for Your Business



Tips for Your Business: Cool Ideas for the Season

See our best tips for keeping your business’s energy use down. You can also view tailored energy-efficiency recommendations from our Business Energy Advisor to help you manage your energy usage.

 

Three Easy Energy Efficiency Tips for All Business Types

 

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Use Business Energy Advisor

When you use electricity can be just as important as how much you use. Our Business Energy Advisor helps you identify how to reduce usage during Time-Of-Use on-peak hours—especially in the summer, when rates are at their highest.

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Be Bright About Lighting

It doesn’t pay to light unoccupied rooms during the day or back rooms and displays after business hours. When you close up for the night, shut off display and decorative lighting, too.

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Lead the Charge for Savings

From equipment like forklifts, ice machines, and fountains to devices like smartphones and tablets, businesses require more batteries than ever before. To help reduce your energy costs, try to charge them before or after peak hours.*

 

No-Cost, Temporary Reduction Tips for Your Business

Locate your industry category from the menu below to view a quick list of tips specific to your industry and facility type designed to help you control and reduce your electricity use. You’ll also find many ways to save that require no financial investment by your company, such as the ones below.

Flip the Switch

  • Turn off unnecessary lighting not in constant use, such as backroom operations, perimeter lighting circuits near windows (taking advantage of daylight), or ornamental and display lighting
  • Reduce lighting levels
  • If custodial staff does not clean every night, be sure to check that all lights are turned off in all unoccupied areas
  • Work with custodial staff to leave lights off in space not being used or cleaned
  • Adjust custodial maintenance routines to minimize after-hours lighting
  • Adjust lighting time clocks or computer lighting programs to reduce occupancy cycles when possible
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Power Down

  • Shut down unused rooms and facilities
  • Charge batteries and battery-operated equipment before or after peak hours*
  • Turn off commercial ice machines
  • Turn off decorative fountains
  • Shift use of non-essential electrical equipment to before or after peak hours*
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Keep Your Cool

  • Pre-cool building/work areas or cycle air conditioning and ventilation
  • Raise cooling thermostat settings
  • Lower set points in common areas and tenant zones that are in heating mode; set up maintained temperatures in interior zones that are in cooling mode
  • Disable start during peak hours*
  • Reduce domestic hot water temperatures
  • Turn off hot water boilers early and allow temperatures to coast
  • Duty-cycle less critical HVAC equipment not susceptible to cyclic damage
  • Reduce HVAC fan static pressure where possible
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Agriculture
  • Adjust variable-speed drive controls for fans, pumps, and chillers
  • Reduce or shift production tasks
  • Pre-cool, then reduce or shift refrigeration load
  • Shut off all or most pumps during peak hours*
  • Decrease use of aerators during peak hours*

 

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Food Processing
  • Delay electric resistance defrost controls
  • Delay anti-sweat heaters
  • Reduce air compressors and processing loads using pre-programmed load shed strategies
  • Reduce or shift production tasks
  • Pre-cool, then reduce or shift refrigeration load
  • Turn off vertical lifts, conveyor belts, and non-essential process equipment
  • Schedule batch or continuous processes around planned peak hours*

 

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Grocery Stores
  • Delay electric resistance defrost controls
  • Delay anti-sweat heaters
  • Pre-cool, then reduce or shift refrigeration load

 

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Hospitals and Medical Office Buildings
  • Turn off excess or unused elevator banks or escalators
  • Turn off non-essential food preparation equipment not in use
  • Adjust variable-speed drive controls for fans, pumps, and chillers
  • Pre-cool, then reduce or shift refrigeration load
  • Set up a reduced duty cycle for garage HVAC fans
  • Use partial lighting level wherever possible in garages
  • Conduct dishwashing, housekeeping, waste processing, and laundry activities before or after an event

 

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Lodging
  • Turn off swimming pool/spa pumps
  • Turn off excess or unused elevator banks or escalators
  • Reschedule dishwashing/laundry processes
  • Set up a reduced duty cycle for garage HVAC fans
  • Use partial lighting level wherever possible in garages

 

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Manufacturing
  • Adjust variable-speed drive controls for fans, pumps, and chillers
  • Reduce air compressors and processing loads using pre-programmed load shed strategies
  • Reduce or shift production tasks
  • Turn off vertical lifts, conveyor belts, and non-essential process equipment
  • Schedule batch or continuous processes around planned peak hours

 

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Office Buildings
  • Turn off excess or unused elevator banks or escalators
  • Adjust variable-speed drive controls for fans, pumps, and chillers
  • Set up a reduced duty cycle for garage HVAC fans
  • Use partial lighting level wherever possible in garages

 

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Restaurants
  • Reschedule dishwashing/laundry processes

 

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Retail
  • Use partial lighting level wherever possible in garages
  • Set up a reduced duty cycle for garage HVAC fans
  • Turn off excess or unused elevator banks or escalators

 

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Schools
  • Turn off swimming pool/spa pumps
  • Turn off excess or unused elevator banks or escalators
  • Reschedule dishwashing/laundry processes

 

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Warehouses
  • Reduce air compressors and processing loads using pre-programmed load shed strategies
  • Pre-cool, then reduce or shift refrigeration load
  • Turn off vertical lifts, conveyor belts, and non-essential process equipment

 

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Water and Wastewater
  • Adjust variable-speed drive controls for fans, pumps, and chillers
  • Shut off all or most pumps during peak hours*
  • Pump water into a storage tank prior to peak hours*
  • Decrease use of aerators during peak hours*

 

Learn more about long-term and permanent energy-saving tips

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Make a Positive Change

You can help make your air conditioner more energy efficient by regularly cleaning or changing the filters. If you’re using an older A/C unit, upgrading or changing it could reduce your energy usage over time and earn you incentives.

*Noon to 6 p.m. from June through October.